After a week of consideration regarding the events in Egypt, I believe that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should stay as prime minister until a new president is elected in the scheduled election in September. I also believe he has lost confidence of the people to run for re-election and even if he has not, a Mubarak victory in September will not be accepted as free, fair, and legitimate. But to hand over power now is not an endorsement of democracy, rather it would be an endorsement of mob rule.
Essentials of a true democracy must include free and fair election, an orderly transition of power, and that the elected are accountable to the people through the rule of law and through elections.